3 arrested, P160,000 worth of drugs seized in buy-bust

POLICE arrested three men and seized suspected illegal drugs worth P160,000 in a buy-bust in Barangay Marigondon, Lapu-Lapu City last Sunday night.

Joraldine Igot, 34, Concepcion Damon-Damon, 20, and Ray Pogoy were caught allegedly peddling methamphetamine or shabu in Sitio Simplex around 5:30 p.m.

A team from the Marigondon Police Station confiscated four medium packs of suspected shabu, two smaller packs and a loaded .38 pistol from Igot, a resident of Sitio Simplex, said PO2 Michael Sean Copias.

Seized from Damon-Damon were P600 cash believed to be proceeds from the illegal trade.

Igot and Damon-Damon connived with Pogoy as they sold illegal drugs to a police decoy, Copias said.

The three were brought to the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office holding cell.

They will be charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The operation, led by Insp. Alcon Escosura, chief of the Marigondon Police Station, came as the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office strengthens its drive against illegal drugs.

In Pinamungajan last Sunday dawn, a police officer landed in the hospital for an injury he suffered in a scuffle with a suspected drug pusher in Barangay Tutay.

Dislocated

PO2 Jerame Navarro reportedly dislocated his right shoulder while he was grappling with the suspect Alexander Panilagan Papasin, who escaped arrest.

Senior Insp. Al J. Pascual, the town police chief, said Navarro was rushed to the hospital of Philippine National Police-Regional Health Service 7 in Cebu City, but the latter was transferred to a private hospital.

Pascual, in a phone interview, said they are tracking down the location of Alexander, who is in the list of most wanted drug personalities operating in Pinamungajan.

The operation was authorized through the search warrant issued by Toledo City Regional Trial Court Branch 59 Judge Hermes Montero.

Warrant

Pascual said they implemented the warrant at 4:30 a.m. in the house of Alexander.

The alleged drug pusher was prevented by Navarro from escaping, after the latter caught the suspect outside the house.

Alexander struggled against Navarro who held him until rolled down a cliff.

The operatives, however, arrested suspected junkies Jovany Lawog-lawog Papasin, 21; Joey Lawog-lawog Papasin, 28; and Cantutay Rezane, 24, inside the drug pusher’s house.

Some 13 packs of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia were confiscated from the three suspects.

Two big packs and eight small packs of suspected shabu, a digital weighing scale, an improvised tooter lamp, three scissors and other drug paraphernalia were confiscated in Alexander’s room.

Also taken from the room were P1,500 in cash believed to be Alexander’s proceeds, a United States government-model .45 pistol with three bullets and a. 38 snub-nosed revolver loaded with two bullets.

The operation was coordinated with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 7 and the evidence was turned over to the police crime laboratory.

Violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, will be filed against the suspects.

Alexander will also be named respondent in a separate complaint for illegal possession of firearms and ammunitions.

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